The Library has limited funding from an UKRI* block grant to pay article processing charges. This grant will enable authors to comply with their funder's open access policy. Annual grant awards are made to the University and we provide financial support to researchers on a first come, first served basis. More information about the UKRI open access policy and the current version of the FAQ section (October 2020) can be found on their website.
*UKRI (formerly RCUK) includes AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, and STFC.
Where we are able to reduce the cost of publishing Gold OA in subscription (hybrid) journals via transformative deals or membership schemes, the information is available on the 'Publisher OA Deals and Discount' tab.
The open access policy stipulates that all publications arising from UKRI funded research must either be available as immediate open access (gold route) or a copy of the author's accepted manuscript must be placed in the repository, Cronfa with an acceptable embargo period and licence (green route).
Gold Route - (immediate open access):
Where an APC is paid, it is a requirement that the licence applied is CC-BY.
Green Route - (deposit of the final accepted manuscript in a repository, usually with an embargo):
The UKRI (RCUK) preference is for CC-BY, however, the formal requirement is that the licence places no restriction on non-commercial reuse, including non-commercial text-and data-mining. The licence should also allow for the sharing of adaptations of the material. This means a CC-BY-NC licence, or equivalent is acceptable.
A CC-BY-NC-ND licence is not compliant.
Open Government Licence (OGL) - Crown Body employees.
Swansea University do not stipulate a preference for unfunded research outputs but would encourage researchers to use a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC-BY) licence wherever possible. License requirements are usually driven by your funder requirements.
The university does not maintain a centrally administered APC fund, however some Colleges have limited budgets for supporting REF eligible publications for their academic research staff. Swansea University has a preference for using the green route to open access.